Ikageng mainly conduct prevention and therapy programmes, individual and family intervention; sometimes through group work sessions, seminars and structured meetings.
Our community development approach aims at addressing historical imbalances through collective empowerment, facilitating processes that help the poor, vulnerable and orphaned to regain control over their lives.
We believe provision of effective education and health services are some of the main means of alleviating poverty and raising the status of communities in South Africa. We thus, seek to attain social development through professional intervention at personal, family, community and civic level by working cooperatively with the departments of education, Social Development, Health and Local Authorities.
What we do
- Education Support
- Nutritional Support
- Health Support
- Psychosocial Support
- Substance Abuse Programme
- Sports Programme
- The educational programme is one of the programmes that set the organisation apart from the rest. This programme ensures that all children are placed in institutions of learning from primary to tertiary school. The aim of the programme is to prove children’s access to education with emphasis placed on excellence in their academic performances.
Education is a major aspect of every country. In South Africa, it has been praised, encouraged and respected. This is due to the fact that many South African parents come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and we were never granted access to a decent education during the apartheid era. Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Post-1994, almost every parent desperately wanted their child to be in school. Understandably so – the value of education has never been better understood than how it was in post-Apartheid South Africa. The reality is that Grade 1 is a big deal for parents who didn’t have the same opportunity. This is still a great joy to many South African parents. The number of orphans in South Africa is growing. A UNAIDS estimate sets the total at two million, half of whom have lost their mother, father or both parents to AIDS. About 40,000 of the nation’s households headed by children receive home and community-based care, but thousands more remain unreached.
- Many children do not have birth certificates and so are not eligible for social grants. Others are not even aware that they are entitled to assistance. Most orphans are taken care of by extended families, many of whom are they struggling under the strain, especially those headed by elderly people and women who already live at the edge of poverty. Orphans and vulnerable children tend to live in poorer households and their school enrolment rates tend to be lower than for other children.
Through partnership with other likeminded organizations, namely the South African Laboratory, The South African Home Affairs, Wits Law Clinic and the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum, we have made strides in addressing the issues around undocumented minors.
- The education programme ensures that all children enrolled with Ikageng are placed in institutions of learning from Early Child Development until they graduate tertiary level. We provide for the children’s uniforms, Transport, school tuition, and we also have programmes were we link children who have special learning needs with school provide a curriculum that is sort able for their various special needs.
- We do all we can to make parents or caregivers interested in children's education as well as motivate the children to remain in school for the best possible grades. Emphasis is placed on excellence in areas of studies and academic performance. We facilitate the payment of fees, retention of children in schools and provide after-school support to motivate children for improved results. .
South Africa has the second biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.1 million people living with HIV and HIV prevalence is high among the general population at 20.4%Soweto is the second urban township with people living with HIV in South Africa and as an Organisation working with most vulnerable individuals and families, , we have noticed and it has been researched that most of young people living with HIV default because of not having sufficient or lack of nutrition and cannot take tablets on an empty stomach , and children cannot perform well at school when not fed properly. .
We also help to start and run nutritional gardens for families to produce the food they need, themselves.
This is one of the key interventions to the constant challenge of child headed households, and other orphaned and vulnerable children in Soweto; including those with chronic conditions. We are aware that decent meals are hard to come by hence we provide nutritious food parcels on a monthly basis to 347 households where these children live. We also are in the process of initiating nutritional gardens for families to produce the food they need, themselves. We also ensure availability of vitamins and minerals supplements to over 80% of the beneficiaries in need of nutritional support. These are mainly children on Anti Retroviral Treatment. Families are benefiting from Ikageng’s nutrition support.
- - This programme gives care and support to children and adults who have chronic conditions. We facilitate proper diagnosis by ensuring supervised clinic referrals and patients on ART are transported to appropriate clinics and hospitals on a monthly basis.
Home visits are also conducted to ensure adherence to treatment.
Basic home care is also conducted when the need arises.
At present we serve 501 patients who are on ARV’S and receiving health services from local clinics and support monthly. We also conduct health screening and support group for RVD’s and we run programme such as Paediatric Adolescent Scalar Plan, Prevention of HIV amongst Vulnerable Populations and HIV Testing services to accelerate, sustain, strengthen and support OVCY and their families, and other vulnerable populations, to receive HIV services along the 95-95-95 cascade.
Foster Care Programme
Ikageng works mainly with formal foster carers properly screened by the Department of Social welfare. These are house parents who provide accommodation for the children in our programmes. We however mostly experience more children than formal foster carers hence we go out of our way to support those families hosting orphaned and vulnerable children even before they are screened to qualify for government foster care grant. We do external referrals to psychologist and child welfare for placement. We also run a programme name Abangane Grief Support which focuses on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of orphaned and vulnerable, adolescents in the wake of the aids pandemic, the programmes also offers bereavements support for adolescents children through grief and loss support groups and bereavement counseling and therapeutic services.
Thank you for your kindness
Ikageng Itireleng” means “help them help themselves” in Sotho; and that is exactly what Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry is doing for more than 1,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. Through her work as a home-based care provider in a community where children are shunned because of their status, Ikageng’s Founder Carol Dyanti came into contact with an increasing number of children left to fend for themselves – and she knew that something had to be done. Ms. Dyanti, better known as “Mum Carol,” founded Ikageng in 2002, and created a new model for family for orphans living in child-headed households in Soweto, South Africa.
These children have experienced first-hand the true devastation of losing their parents and guardians to AIDS. By providing for all their basic needs, Ikageng relieves some of the pressure and despair faced by children who, having lost parents, are forced to take on adult roles. Ikageng Itireleng provides food, accommodation, educational needs, transportation, life-skills and skills development, emotional and psychosocial support, and other social and spiritual activities.